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Our most recommended Santorini Private Experiences

Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour

1. Best of Santorini Experience: 6-Hour Private Tour

Make the first stop of the tour at Santorini Caldera and learn all about the details of its formation. Then, continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Also visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. Next, make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini postcards. Continue to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the island’s highest mountain, standing 2,000 feet above sea level. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the village of Megalochori or Pyrgos. You can then take an optional stop at Akrotiri Archaeological Site if you want to explore the excavations. Also, you can choose an optional winery visit to Estate Argyros or Venetsanos Winery, to taste the local wine.

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Santorini: Private Catamaran Sailing with BBQ Meal & Drinks

2. Santorini: Private Catamaran Sailing with BBQ Meal & Drinks

Set sail from the southern port of Vlihada and follow the coastline until you reach the Red Beach in Akrotiri, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with a distinct red color caused by the mineral rich and iron soil. Then, head to the White Rocky Beach, which you can only access by boat. A stop for swimming and snorkeling is highly recommended since it is difficult to resist the crystal clear blue waters with the rich underwater environment and reefs.  Leaving the White Beach and heading to the Venetian lighthouse, sail below the Indian rocks through caves and rock formations, characteristic of the Aegean landscape. After sailing below the lighthouse, the yacht will turn and enter the caldera of Santorini. There, you will see everything opening in front of your eyes. The picturesque white houses hang from the cliffs like grapes off the cliff formations and the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kammeni. There, you will have the chance to sail below the traditional villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and the overwhelming rock formations consisting of basalt and pumice. From there, head to the crater of the volcano and sail around it to have a full view of it and stop at the thermal springs for swimming at the sulfurous waters, that offer a natural spa. Palia Kammeni, an inhabitant volcanic island next to the volcano, offers unique private bays and beaches, ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and perfect to enjoy your own privacy away from crowded locations. As you enjoy yourself, the attentive crew will prepare on-board a delicious fresh meal (lunch or dinner) consisting of a full menu with BBQ chicken fillets, fish fillets, shrimps, Greek salads, tzatziki dips and appetizers all accompanied with local wine, beers and cooling beverages.

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Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

3. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

Choose endless locations in Santorini for your photo shoot based, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  You will receive confirmation of all necessary information. On the day of the shoot, just allow the photographer to work their magic, capturing your travels in your own personalized style. Your Santorini vacation photographers are highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. Afterward, you will receive a link to your personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour will provide mementos that will last a lifetime.

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From Athens: 5-Day Trip in Mykonos & Santorini

4. From Athens: 5-Day Trip in Mykonos & Santorini

Discover Mykonos, the island of the winds, and Santorini's picturesque sunsets on this 5-day private tour. Visit cosmopolitan shops, sandy beaches and places where celebrities from all over the world come on their holidays. In Santorini, walk around the picturesque narrow streets by the sea, explore the unique beaches, and have a wonderful meal by the sea. Your chauffeured service will also include a trip to visit the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos.

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Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

5. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini. Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

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Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

6. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

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Santorini: Private Romantic Catamaran Cruise

7. Santorini: Private Romantic Catamaran Cruise

This private sunset catamaran cruise departs in the morning or afternoon from Ammoudi and takes you and your friends or family on a private trip inside the caldera of Santorini. This tour begins with an awe-inspiring trip to the volcano, a true miracle of nature, and continues with a therapeutic swim and a natural spa in the renowned Hot Springs, where the sea water is significantly warmer than in Santorini and is mixed with sulfur, offering a unique mud bath to swimmers! Then, the boat sails towards Aspronissi Island and passes by the Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse, giving you spectacular views of the landscapes. The next stop is Mesa Pigadia, located right next to the unique White Beach, where visitors will enjoy a BBQ full of Greek flavors and local wine. A refreshing dive in the dazzling waters of the famous Red Beach comes next before the cruise ends at Ammoudi bay. The captain will be at your disposal to ask for any route within the caldera and make your sea excursion a perfectly personalized experience!

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Santorini: Customized Private Cruise with Skipper

8. Santorini: Customized Private Cruise with Skipper

Discover the sparkling waters around Santorini on this private cruise on the brand new Diamond 36 yacht. Create your own itinerary and enjoy snacks and drinks on board with your friends. Your expert skipper will take care of the rest. Choose from cruise lengths of 3, 4, or 5 hours. Visit the tourist-free island of Thirassia, admire the whitewashed cliffs at Aspronissi, and take a relaxing soak in volcanic hot springs. Spend time sunbathing, and dive and snorkel in hidden coves. Refuel on traditional Greek cuisine, and enjoy refreshing drinks from the open bar. Special drinks and menu items may be requested with a surcharge.

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Santorini: Caldera Private Power Catamaran Cruise

9. Santorini: Caldera Private Power Catamaran Cruise

Take a private cruise to discover the beautiful volcanic landscape of Santorini’s caldera. Benefit from the services of an experienced captain, who will personalize the tour to suit your needs. Choose either a 3, 4, or 5-hour cruise to fit with your schedule.  After pickup at your hotel, board the boat and set sail to explore the stunning coastline of Santorini. Enjoy dramatic views of the caldera rim, passing the islets of St. Nicolas and Agii Eftapedes. Stop near the volcanic hot springs for approximately 30 minutes, to enjoy a swim in the therapeutic waters. Continue to Thirasia, a small island formed in recent centuries by volcanic activity. Make use of the snorkeling equipment provided to explore the unique beauty of the underwater world, or simply soak up the sun onboard the deck. Enjoy a delicious BBQ meal with the 4 and 5-hour options, or Greek appetizers with the 3-hour cruise. Make the most of an open bar and relax with a drink of wine, beer, ouzo, or soda. On the way back, admire the volcanic coastline before disembarking at Ammoudi Bay, to board a vehicle for the return transfer to your hotel.

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Santorini: Private Half-Day Tour

10. Santorini: Private Half-Day Tour

Your private tour starts from the north part of Santorini Island, where the spectacular villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli are located. You will experience the endless panoramic views of Caldera, Thirasia Island and the volcanic islands Palea and Nea Kameni. You will also have the opportunity to take pictures of white houses and blue domed churches whilst there. Later on, you will head towards the traditional settlement of Megalochori, where you will be able to explore it, walking through the traditional alleys and being able to see the local houses and architecture. Finally, your last two stops will be to the unique Red Beach, which is full of red iron volcanic lava rocks, and the famous 2.5-mile-long Black Sand Beach.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 382 reviews

I had one of the best days in Santorini, really enjoyed the trip and Dimitri was very helpful and fun. He explain everything to us and some historical facts which blowed our mind. Also he took an amazing pics to me and my husband. And in the end of our trip he gave us the beautiful blue eye as a gift becuz we were in honeymoon. If u ever wanted to discover santorini in one day, then don't miss this one!

Wonderful tour! Andrew was an excellent guide. Gave us great historical insight about the island and excellent info on the wines. We really enjoyed his company as well as our driver who went above and beyond to make an extra stop to personally buy us some Baklava when I mentioned my husband had been really wanting some. An overall excellent experience with wonderful people!

It was an awesome tour with an awesome guide (Arthur). We got to see as much of Santorini as we could despite the weather being against us.

Great guide, very knowledgeable about the area, wines, and traditions of the island. Highly recommend

Dimitris was on time, congenial, and took us to some beautiful spots for photos!